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Here’s my advice for anyone in Australia putting their hopes and dreams on any good that might come their way via the 2020 Summit. DON’T! For those of you in Australia who have been hiding under a rock recently or are from overseas and have no idea what the ’2020 Summit’ is, I’ll give you an ever so brief description.
Our newest Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and his team of poliltical wise men (and I am being facitious) have determined in their infinite wisdom, they should bring together 1000 of the wisest and the brightest minds in Australia for two full days, predominently politicians and academics, to help plan the future path to greatness for this country…..well we could be so lucky! Fancy entrusting your future to politicians and academics!
You see I travelled a bit last week in the planes and got a chance to read a few publications on the subject of the aftermath of the 2020 Summit. I’ve read nothing that would change my viewpoint, and that is you should NOT rely on anybody else but yourself when it comes to ‘everything’. You’re it, the buck stops with you.
Everything I read suggested the ‘Summit’ was loaded with academics and politicians….supposedly the best and the brightest.
Here’s what I know to be true for myself as someone who has started from scratch with little or nothing and can now stand before you as a self-made multi-millionaire. It’s too dangerous for me to take a skeric of notice of anything this group will say and do when planning my success.
The only people who are qualified to advise or mentor me are those who are earning at least 5 times my income, those who have put their own money on the line and lain awake at night trying to figure out how to pay the bills this week.
The list I would take advice from of course is somewhat shorter than the 1000 odd that turned up for the 2020 Summit as I see it’s a lot easier to write a book about ‘it’ than it is to actually do ‘it’.
Here’s why the 2020 Summit model is flawed in my opinion…yet valid.
A large percentage of the Summit Delegates rely upon observation, research and study. This is flawed simply because it’s not the real world.
Proof positive that observation, research and study is valid but flawed is Napoleon Hill, the author of ‘Think and Grow Rich’ a book it is said is the most influential book in history on the subject of financial success, himself died relatively broke and spent his latter years being supported by W. Clement Stone as a sales trainer.
Hill’s book, if you don’t know, was based on research, observation and study of a number of the world’s most successful people of his time. The problem as I see it, and why Hill struggled at times, is to my knowledge that he never lived it.
Hill was big on positive thinking. While this is a very important START to being successful thinking alone cannot and will not produce a successful outcome.
You must have a plan and actually implement for you to be successful. Here is exactly why Hill in my opinion struggled at times. Wishing and praying and hoping are not enough.
For the record I am a big fan of Hill’s work, if you haven’t read “Think and Grow Rich” and studied his work you doing yourself a disservice because it is valid.
There is no such thing as undeserved success. You’ll need to earn it yourself. So don’t rely upon anybody else, including a gathering of Australia’s ‘brightest and best’ for your success.
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Posted on April 24, 2008 - 05:58 PM- Updated on April 24, 2008 - 05:58 PM